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John T. Morris, a resident of Dewar passed away Monday, January 30th, 2017 in Henryetta at the age of 85. He was born August 26, 1931 in Henryetta to John Morris & Verda (Jarnegan) Morris.
John Married Merle Jean Ritter on December 19, 1968 in Dewar. He was a member of Dewar First Baptist Church.
John was a man of many trades, he worked for many years as the manager of Henryetta Daily Freelance and as manager for the local radio station, KHEN. John was emcee for many events as his bass voice was widely known. It was possible when you would call a local business that the message while you were on hold was that of John Morris. He loved music and sang in various quartets including the Rainbow Quartet, The Henryettan's and had the Genesis Quartet for 12 years. He was well known to sing solos in church and other events. He also worked for many years as an insurance retiring from Prudential Life Insurance Company. He was a jack of all trades and could build or repair anything.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Wayne Morris.
He is survived by his wife Merle Jean Morris of the home;
Four children: Dennis Morris & wife Mary Beth of Henryetta;
Terry Morris & wife Debi of Henryetta;
Michelle Winn & husband Roger of Morris;
Donna Fields & husband Harvey of Jenks;
Eight grandchildren: Kristen Averie Long, Randy Morris, Mollie Lilly, John David Cowan, Sarah Stockholm, Allison Palmer, Kyle Morris & Ambria Winn.
Fifteen great grandchildren & seven great-great grandchildren
One brother: Don "Tootie" Morris of Henryetta;
One sister: Phyllis Luensmann of Texas;
As well as a host friends and other relatives.
Viewing will be on Thursday at Integrity Funeral Service from 5-8pm and Friday from 8am - 8pm with family present to greet friends from 5-7 pm & Saturday from 8am-11am.
Pallbearers will be David Long, Kyle Morris, Randy Morris, John David Cowan, Brandon Long, & Justin Long.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Dewar First Baptist Church with Rev. Jack Vance and Rev. Matthew Martin officiating. Interment will follow under direction of Integrity Funeral Service.
David Jacobs, a resident of Wewoka passed away Saturday, January 28th, 2017 in Oklahoma City at the age of 64. He was born September 14, 1952 in rural McIntosh County to Joseph Jacobs, Sr. and Emma (Billie) Jacobs. He is a member of Hickory Ground #1 Indian Baptist Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Jacobs, Sr. and Emma (Billie) Jacobs, by two brothers, James Jacobs and Paul Eugene Jacobs, an infant son, Daniel Lee Jacobs, also by two infant sisters, two aunts, and five uncles.
He is survived by three sons, Houston Jacobs of Calvin;
Richard Jacobs of Wewoka;
Charles Jacobs of Oklahoma City;
Two daughters, Josephine Jacobs of Allen;
Joanna Jacobs of Oklahoma City;
Thirteen grandchildren, including a grandson Charles Jacobs who he raised like a son;
Two sisters, Linda Jacobs Harjo & husband Edward of Holdenville;
Martha Jacobs of Henryetta;
Three brothers, Johnny Jacobs of Henryetta;
Joseph Jacobs, Jr. of Okmulgee;
Russell Jacobs of Henryetta;
Also by a host of friends and other relatives.
Viewing will be on Wednesday from 1pm - 4pm.
Wake services will be at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Hickory Ground #1 Indian Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Hickory Ground #1 Church with Rev. Mitchell Taylor & Rev. Wallace Gambler officiating. Interment will follow in Jacobs Family Cemetery under direction of Integrity Funeral Service.
Herman Lee Brown, 60, longtime editor of the Okmulgee Times, died Friday, January 20, 2017 at his home in Okmulgee.
Herman was born Nov. 15, 1956 in Holdenville to Lawson Lawrence Brown and Ollie Jo Davis Brown. He joined the United States Army in 1974 and graduated from Lawton High School in 1976. While in the army, he served as a motor transport operator stationed in Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1977 with a rank of SP4 (E-4).
His love for writing while serving in the military led him to his first job at the Holdenville Daily News as a news writer. After working for the Wewoka newspaper, Brown was hired at the Okmulgee Daily Times in December 1980, as sports editor, reporter and photographer under longtime editor Bettye Grant.
After leaving the Times, Brown went to work for the Bonham (Texas) Daily Favorite as managing editor. After a few months there, he moved back to Oklahoma to serve as editor of the Wewoka Daily News before transferring to the Holdenville Daily News. He was editor and sports editor there before being hired at the Okmulgee Daily Times as editor under Publisher Jerry Quinn in September 1990.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Leon David; and two sisters, Mary and Bernice.
Herman is survived by his wife, Terri Hasten Brown of the home; son Aaron of the home; daughter Emily Galvez and husband Tony of Broken Arrow; Amber Barricklow and husband James of North Chicago, Illinois; daughter Lacie Long of Alma, Arkansas; grandchildren, Brayden, Savannah, Gabriel, Sagelee, Locke and Hendrix; brothers, Clayton Brown and wife Connie of Portland, Oreg. and Jerry Brown and wife Vernette of Holdenville; sister, Irene Lovell and husband Steve of North Carolina; host of nieces and nephews and friends who adored and loved him.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Brock Memorial Gym on the campus of Okmulgee High School. A Celebration of Herman’s Life and time to share memories will follow the service at the First Baptist Church Gymnasium at 5th and Seminole. Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 30, 2017 at the Oakhill Cemetery near Yeager.
Friends may visit the funeral home on Friday, January 27, 2017 from 9:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee. Tributes may be made on Herman’s page at www.mcclendon-winters.com
Michael Stratford Graham, a resident of Beggs, passed away Monday, January 16, 2017 at his home. He was 72 years of age. Mike was born February 9, 1944 in Stillwater to Travis “Buz” and Norma (Baker) Graham. He married Marlana Kaye Bruce on February 19, 1971. Mike worked as a warehouseman for BP Amoco and served his country in the U.S. Army Reserve. A committal service will be held 2:00 P.M. Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Oakwood Cemetery in Mounds. Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Beggs.
Andrea Sue Winn, a resident of Dewar passed away Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 in Henryetta at the age of 53. She was born September 23, 1963 in Claremore, Oklahoma to Legus Lowe and Ruby Watters. Andrea went to college and obtained her nursing degree and worked in pediatrics with the Creek Nation Medical System. She had also worked at Bono Nursing Home.
Andrea is preceded in death by her father, Legus Lowe.
She is survived two children, Matt Riddle & wife Amber of Wilson;
Rachel Riddle of Tulsa;
Two grandchildren, Khloe Riddle of Wilson;
Gaven Arthurs of Tulsa;
Her mother, Ruby Wilson of Dewar;
Two sisters, Kandi Hawkins & husband Kelly of Henryetta;
Gina Devore & husband Brian of Collinsville;
Also by a host of friends and other relatives.
Viewing for Andrea will be 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
A wake service is scheduled at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Integrity Chapel with Rev. Tim Lowe, officiating.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 23, 2017 at Integrity Chapel with Rev. Ryan Wells officiating. Services are under direction of Integrity Funeral Service.
Jill Leanne Grant went home to be with her Lord on Monday, January 16th at her home in Preston, Oklahoma at the age of 54. She was born on June 23, 1962, in Henryetta, Oklahoma to Virgil and Maxine “Pat” Norris. She was a 1980 graduate of Okmulgee High School. On July 16, 1979, Jill married Dale Grant in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. She worked with her parents at several successful businesses, and for the last 27 years she owned and operated The General Store in Okmulgee with her mother. She was a lifelong member of Second Baptist Church in Okmulgee and spent 10 years as Youth Leader. She loved spending time at her country home watching the wildlife and fishing in her pond. She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Pat Norris. Those left to cherish her memories are her husband Dale of Preston, daughter Danielle Neldon and her husband Joshua of Okmulgee, brother Ronald Norris and his wife Brenda of Okmulgee, niece Melissa Brown and her husband Shawn of Morris, nephew Andy Norris and his wife Tonya of Okmulgee, and several great nieces and nephews. Viewing will be at McClendon-Winters Funeral Home on Thursday, January 19th, from 2:00pm-8:00pm. The family will be present from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Memorial services will be held at Second Baptist Church in Okmulgee on Friday, January 20th, at 10:00am. A graveside service will follow at Hoyt Cemetery in Hoyt, Oklahoma. Pastor Steve Gallagher will be officiating. Casketbearers will be Mike Cook, Bob Hurt, Allen Klaus, Wade Lackey, Randy Waldrop, and John Yeager.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.
Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Jill’s Tribute Page of our website at www.mcclendon-winters.com
Allan Wayne Wassom, 83, died Saturday, January 14, 2017, in Tulsa Oklahoma. He was born July 3, 1933 in Skiatook, Oklahoma to W. C. and Helen Mae (Cunningham) Wassom. The family moved several times to small towns in the Texas Panhandle, settling in Bovina, Texas where he grew up with his three sisters and one brother. Al matured quickly and began working for a local farmer at a very young age to help support his mother and siblings. He enjoyed the work driving farm machinery and his love of tractors remained with him his whole life. He graduated from Bovina High School in 1951, and with the support and encouragement of his teachers, enrolled at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
During his first two years at Texas Tech he worked full time and continued to provide financial support to his family in Bovina. He enlisted in the U. S. Army and served two year at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. When his enlistment ended he returned to Lubbock and completed his degree in Petroleum Engineering, graduating in 1958.
Al began employment that year with the Federal Power Commission in the Bureau of Natural Gas. There was a young woman working there who took an interest in Al and who began finding excuses to visit his floor. Romance blossomed, and on December 19, 1964, Allan and Barbara Stewardson became husband and wife. Their first child, Paul, was born in 1966. In 1968 Cities Service Gas Company, in Oklahoma City came calling and offered Allan an opportunity to return to the part of the country he loved. He and Barbara moved to Oklahoma City where their daughter Sarah was born. He served as a rates analyst and was named manager of the rates and certificates department in 1972. In 1978 Allan was elected Vice President, Rates and Certificates.
Following the Purchase of Cities Service Gas Company by Northwest Central Pipeline Company, and their subsequent purchase by The Williams Companies, Allan, Barbara, Paul and Sarah moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1984. He served as Vice President of Rates and Regulatory Affairs until his retirement in 1990. He consulted for Williams for three years. Allan remained active in retirement and served as an adviser for S.C.O.R.E. (the Service Corps of Retired Executives) for many years assisting entrepreneurs in the establishment of new businesses.
In 1997 Allan and Barbara moved to Okmulgee, Oklahoma to escape the encroaching development near their home near 101st and Yale. They encountered a community that welcomed, embraced, and loved them as they had never before been welcomed, embraced and loved. They joined the First Presbyterian Church of Okmulgee, where Allan was elected and ordained as an Elder. He served on numerous committees and was a Trustee for many years. His friendships among the members there were some of the strongest he ever experienced.
Allan was preceded in death by his parents, his infant brother James George, and his sister Mary Davis. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, his daughter Sarah Alexander, son-in-law Jeff, and their children Riley and Connor; by his son Paul, daughter-in-law Diana and their children Matt and Michael; a brother Doyle of Dimmitt, Texas, sister Jane of Quinlan, Texas, and sister Christine of Lubbock, Texas; two sisters-in-law Joyce Young (Bob) of Woodbridge Virginia, and Janice Beach of Gordonsville, Virginia; brother-in-law Bill Davis, of Henrietta, Texas, and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Robert Hauger and to the nursing staff of St. Francis Hospital in the neurology and respiratory departments for their compassionate care and loving concern for the family.
A celebration of Al’s life will be held at First Presbyterian Church Okmulgee, on Saturday January 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the First Presbyterian Church Foundation , Okmulgee.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.
Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Al’s Tribute Page of our website at www.mcclendon-winters.com